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Innovation spotlights: Case studies in high school redesign

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Educators nationwide are forging their way in a landscape rocked by pandemic-induced disruptions. Training resources designed to spark new thinking among school staff often feel outdated—especially if they were published before 2020. To address this need, the Center on Reinventing Public Education at Arizona State University and the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) at Columbia University have have crafted a set of dynamic new training materials. These teaching cases highlight high schools that have distinguished themselves though boldly redesigning and improving the student experience.

Our case studies invite participants to consider authentic dilemmas at innovative high schools where we’ve conducted on-the-ground research and interviews. The narratives of each school and accompanying questions are designed to generate grounded, in-depth discussions of key issues related to innovation and equity in high school education. Each teaching case is intended for groups of leaders and design teams who are learning about or engaged in high school reinvention.

Teachers, school staff, and design teams can work through the following cases. Use the links to download each case, or click the button below to download all five.

These case studies are part of Think Forward New England, a project launched in 2020 to study and support pandemic-era innovations that deliver what students and families need and want from high school. Look for three additional teaching cases coming later this year.

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